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Alternate Realities Roundup 6/28



A former George Bush speechwriter explains that the GOP needs “shock therapy” when it comes to immigration reform, and not actively trying to alienate Latino voters.---

Top of the Alty World

“Former Bush Speechwriter: The GOP Needs Shock Therapy on Immigration”—The Atlantic

The Economist looks at how social media is helping galvanize protests around the globe.—The Economist

The Texas Observer recaps lawmaker Wendy Davis’ 13-hour filibuster of a controversial abortion bill in the state.—The Texas Observer

The Verge talks with author Jeremy Scahill and filmmaker Richard Rowley about their forthcoming documentary about the secret war on terror and “all the Presidents’ hit men.”—The Verge

Top of Alty Utah

Utahns react to the Supreme Court decisions favoring same-sex-marriage supporters.—Q Salt Lake

A new group of lawmakers begins to tackle the issues surrounding the possible relocation of the Utah State Prison.—Salt Lake City Weekly

A 5k “Run 4 Guns” is being planned for the fall in Utah County, where participants are encouraged to run while openly carrying firearms.—Salt Lake City Weekly

At a party celebrating same-sex-marriage supporters' victories with recent Supreme Court rulings, state senator Jim Dabakis proposed to his longtime partner.—Utah Political Capitol


Truth-Out considers the strange reasoning by Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia in his decision on the Voting Rights Act and same-sex marriage.

“Again, Justice Antonin Scalia is informative. In his rage against the Court's DOMA ruling, Scalia wrote, "We have no power to decide this case. And even if we did, we have no power under the Constitution to invalidate this democratically adopted legislation." He took this position on Wednesday, one day after voting to strike down Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act, another piece of democratically adopted legislation passed in 1965 and renewed by a massive congressional majority in 2006. One segment of the nation is lifted out of apartheid, another is shoved back down into it, and a Justice of the Supreme Court can't remember his justification for the latter a day after ruling against the former.”—Truth-Out

The Long View

ProPublica looks at how temporary workers are crushed while helping to drive corporate giants.

“The temp system insulates the host companies from workers’ compensation claims, unemployment taxes, union drives and the duty to ensure that their workers are citizens or legal immigrants. In turn, the temps suffer high injury rates, according to federal officials and academic studies, and many of them endure hours of unpaid waiting and face fees that depress their pay below minimum wage. The rise of the blue-collar permatemp helps explain one of the most troubling aspects of the phlegmatic recovery. Despite a soaring stock market and steady economic growth, many workers are returning to temporary or part-time jobs. This trend is intensifying America’s decades-long rise in income inequality, in which low- and middle-income workers have seen their real wages stagnate or decline. On average, temps earn 25 percent less than permanent workers.”--ProPublica